Edna B. Parron, 81, Social Security employee Edna B...

February 24, 2002

Edna B. Parron, 81, Social Security employee

Edna B. Parron, a retired Social Security Administration employee, died of respiratory failure at Levindale Hebrew Geriatric Center and Hospital on Monday. She was 81.

Mrs. Parron, known as Bernice, was active in church work and Girl Scouting. In 1962, she was honored by the Baltimore City Health Department for her volunteer work in a successful citywide campaign to inoculate children against polio, a now-rare disease, which was a dreaded killer before universal vaccination.

She was a talented amateur cook, specializing in Southern favorites such as fried chicken and coconut cake, said a daughter, Linda Baker of Catonsville.

Born Edna B. Hill in Baltimore, she graduated from Frederick Douglass High School in 1938 and married World War II Army veteran Gordon H. Parron in 1950. Her husband died in 1987.

In the mid-1960s, Mrs. Parron went to work as a clerk at the Woodlawn office of the Social Security Administration. She retired in 1987 after about 18 years of service, her daughter said.

Services will be held at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday at Union Memorial United Methodist Church, 2500 Harlem Ave.

In addition to Mrs. Baker, she is survived by another daughter, Pamela Goldman of Homeland; her 100-year-old mother, Maud Hill, brother Harry M. Hill and sister Goldie C. Morsell, all of Baltimore; four grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Peggy Pritchett Choate, 62, public health nurse

Peggy Pritchett Choate, a former Baltimore County public health nurse and Anne Arundel County Girl Scout leader, died Tuesday of cancer at her home in Mayo. She was 62.

Born Peggy Pritchett in Smithfield, N.C., the daughter of a Presbyterian minister, she moved to Bethesda in the mid-1950s when her father was transferred to a church there. She graduated from Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School, then earned nursing degrees from the University of Maryland School of Nursing.

In 1962, she married William H. Choate, a medical student whom she met on campus. She worked as a public health nurse for several years in the early 1960s, making home visits in the Reisterstown area, then resigned to raise three children.

In 1971, the family settled in Mayo, where Mrs. Choate was a Brownie and Girl Scout troop leader and served as president of the Mayo Elementary School P.T.A. From 1986 to 1991, she was the office manager of her husband's medical practice in Annapolis.

Services were private.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by daughters Lisa Swank of Bel Air, Karen Ward of Silver Spring and Sarah Durbin of Shanghai, China; her mother, Anna Pritchett of Davidson, N.C.; sisters Mary Anna Swinnerton and Elizabeth Stephan of Bend, Ore., and Dorothy Pritchett of Chamblee, Ga.

Memorial service

Harold Weisberg: Services are scheduled tomorrow for Harold Weisberg, 80, an expert on the assassinations of John F. Kennedy and the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. Mr. Weisberg, the author of seven books and a former U.S. Senate investigator, died Thursday at his home in Frederick. A funeral is planned at 11 a.m. at Keeney and Basford Funeral Home, 106 E. Church St. in Frederick.

Elsewhere

Noel Cullen, 54, an educator and author who dispelled myths about Irish cooking, died Feb. 16 in Walpole, Mass.

As author of Elegant Irish Cooking, Mr. Cullen campaigned to dispel the notion that Irish cuisine was limited to potatoes, boiled corn beef and cabbage.

Mr. Cullen was proud to point out that Irish monks introduced garlic to much of the world, that an Irishman invented mayonnaise, and that many French wineries were established by Irish immigrants.

Byrne Piven, 72, an actor, director and teacher who influenced generations of performers, including his son, TV and movie actor Jeremy Piven, died of lung cancer Monday in Evanston, Ill.

During its 30 years, the Piven Theatre Workshop in Evanston, a Chicago suburb, has shaped the work of stage and film actors including John, Joan and Ann Cusack; Lili Taylor; Aidan Quinn; and the Pivens' two children, Shira and Jeremy.

Jeremy Piven appeared in the TV series Ellen and later starred in another ABC series, Cupid. His father guest-starred on one episode of Cupid in 1998, playing a psychiatrist.

Sylvia Rivera, 50, a transgender pioneer of the modern gay liberation movement, died of liver cancer Tuesday in New York.

She was born Ray Rivera and started street hustling as a young teen. She co-founded STAR, the Street Transvestite Action Revolutionaries, which was a short-lived shelter in New York's East Village.

She left the Gay Activists Alliance in the early 1970s when it removed the rights of transvestites from its civil rights agenda. Rivera was quoted as having said, "Hell hath no fury like a drag queen scorned."

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